The Portuguese Secretary of State for Trade, Paulo Alexandre Ferreira, highlighted the importance of raising “young, conscientious consumers”, as Lisbon hosted this year’s seventh Citizens’ Dialogue on the New Deal For Consumers.
The fourth Citizens’ Dialogue on the New Deal for Consumers took place in Helsinki on Friday, June 1. The event was jointly organised by the Commission (DG Justice and Consumers), the Commission Representation in Helsinki, and Finish consumer authorities, as a way to listen to the views and concerns of citizens in regards to the new legislation being proposed.
The Expert Group will work in two formations: a Product Liability Directive formation managed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and a New Technologies formation managed by DG GROW, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and DG Justice and Consumers (JUST).
European consumer authorities announced that Volkswagen committed to continue and speed up the repair, free of charge, of the remaining cars affected by the Dieselgate in 2018. This is a result from their joint letter sent last September to the CEO of Volkswagen, urging the group to swiftly repair all affected cars.
The WP29 established a taskforce on the UBER data breach case. This taskforce, led by the Dutch DPA, will be composed at this stage of representatives from the French, Italian, Spanish, Belgian and German DPAs as well as from the ICO and will coordinate the national investigations on this important issue.
Source: European Commission (JUST)
On 14 June 2017 the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) adopted an Opinion that reflects their general assessment of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package. The ECCG took into account current problems faced by energy consumers in different EU countries, having assessed the overall impact that the new provisions could have on energy consumers. The opinion gives an overview of the necessary tools that could help solve basic consumer problems, for example through designing consumer-friendly offers, contracts and bills, ensuring that consumers get a better deal through online comparison tools and making switching easier. It acknowledges the extra help required by energy-poor consumers. It calls for action to ensure consumers enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency, that the low carbon energy transition is affordable for consumers and that all consumers are given the option to be active.